Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending “The Tents: The New York Fashion Week Documentary” premiere during the New York LGBT Film Festival, as well as attending the after-party at Chelsea’s Norwood Social Club. This was not my first time viewing the film, as I had attended a pre-public premiere screening last September during fashion week. You can read my review here:
Celebrating Bryant Park as New York Fashion Week’s original home is something that is very dear to my heart as it make me reminiscent of the days where I was a young onlooker hoping to find away into “The Tents”. Thanks to some swindling and individuals willing to bend the rules, I eventually did make it inside the big white tents and since than it’s been a whirlwind of excitement and enlightenment. Now that New York Fashion Week has migrated to Lincoln Center and the days of fashion week in the garment district are behind us, it’s a great time to look back on where fashion week started and how it got to be where it is today.
I highly encourage all fashion enthusiasts, especially those who live in New York, to go see this fabulous chronicle of New York Fashion Week. It is inspiring on so many levels, from the American designers who showcase their collections to those who partake in the behind-the-scenes production.
“The Tents” Director James Belzer, who I was delighted to meet at the party said of his documentary:
“Looking at the success of recent fashion documentaries such as The September Issue and Valentino:The Last Emperor, there is clearly a burgeoning interest in behind-the-scene stories about the fashion industry. With a diverse range of voices, we take the audience on an exciting journey through NY fashion history. The term “The Tents” now resonates as a metaphor for the fashion show venue itself as well as the overall fashion week experience.”
“The Tents” Production Director and Music Supervisor, Deryck Todd